Stop Smoking Solihull

Stop Smoking Solihull

Smoking cigarettes or loose tobacco is the biggest cause of premature death and preventable disease in the UK.

If you are thinking about quitting smoking by vaping, using electronic cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy or Champix tablets, the Quit51 Stop Smoking Service can provide advice and support to help you stop smoking for good:

To stop smoking now:

  • visit the Quit51 website
  • call Quit51 on 0800 622 6968
  • text ‘smokefree’ to 66777

You can also call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 6000 and visit your GP surgery.

Stop smoking and feel better

NHS advice says that stopping now will benefit your health, your wellbeing and your wealth by helping you to:

  • feel better
  • look better
  • have more money

If you want to stop smoking the NHS says that you are:

  • 4 times more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking services than you are on your own
  • more likely to quit in a group session run by an NHS Stop Smoking Service

It is never too late to stop smoking - even if you have been a chain smoker for decades.

How are you?

To find out how well you are and get some recommendations on how to improve your health, take the How Are You quiz.

Quit with Quit51 Stop Smoking Service

To start quitting, contact the Quit51 Solihull Stop Smoking Service from NHS Smokefree.

You can refer yourself to Quit51 by:

  • visiting the Quit51 website
  • call 0800 622 6968
  • text ‘smokefree’ to 66777

Quit51 provides a range of options to help you stub it out by:

  • providing help from a specially trained Stop Smoking Advisor for the first few weeks
  • finding the most convenient and suitable way for you to stop smoking

Quit51 also offers NHS endorsed stop smoking aids including:

  • nicotine replacement therapy (also known as NRT)
  • Champix tablets (Varenicline is a common type of this medication)
  • Zyban tablets (Bupropion is a common type of this medication)

Support and advice is also available to help you to change your behaviour and make a sensible plan for what to do in situations which might lead you to smoke.

Home visits are available if you are housebound or pregnant.

Stopping smoking when pregnant

The Quit51 Stop Smoking Service offers home visits to pregnant women.

NHS Smokefree says:

“Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your baby's health, growth and development.”

No matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy it is never too late to stop smoking.

The NHS offers specialist support for pregnant women who are trying to quit smoking. If you are pregnant you can contact Vicky Masters, Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor for Pregnancy, by:

  • phone on 0121 717 4374
  • mobile on 07815 949985

Quit smoking in the community

You can get help to stop smoking in the community.

You+

The You+ shop in Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre is part of the Solihull NHS Stop Smoking Service.

Trained stop smoking advisors are on hand to provide 1 to 1 and group support and can also give you up to 8 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

You+ offers support:

  • Wednesday 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 10am to 1pm

Help is also available by appointment on Saturday from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Your local library

Your local library is a great place to find what local support is available and to meet the Health Exchange Health Trainers to help you get healthier. You can visit the Health Hubs in:

Solihull Directory

You may also find help in your local area with the Solihull Directory.

Community Advice Hubs

Your local Community Advice Hubcould put you in contact with the best support and information to finally stop smoking cigarettes.

You can visit the hubs in:

Be Smokefree

The NHS Smokefree service offers information, advice and support to help you quit smoking now.

When you sign up to the national campaign you decide how you want it to help you, with:

  • the Smokefree app
  • an email direct to your inbox
  • a text direct to your phone

It also offers:

Electronic cigarettes

The NHS Stop Smoking Service also provides help about electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are also known as:

  • ecigarettes
  • e-cigarettes
  • e-cigs
  • vapouriser or vaporizer

Smoking electronic cigarettes is also known as vaping.

Electronic cigarettes are not regulated like medicines or cigarettes so you cannot be sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain. There are plans to regulate electronic cigarettes from 2016. Until this happens ecigs are only covered by general product safety law.

You can read detailed information about the regulation plans on the NHS website.

Reasons to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is the single best thing that, as a smoker, you can do to improve your health.

As well as starting to feel much better within a few weeks of starting to be a non smoker, you could:

  • reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions
  • have extra money to spend - a 20 cigarette- a- day smoker spends £3,000 a year on cigarettes
  • improve your breathing
  • have fresher breath
  • improve your general fitness with a stronger heart
  • have an improved sense of taste and smell
  • experience less anxiety and stress
  • look better with clearer skin, fewer wrinkles and whiter teeth

Be a non smoker for everyone. Tobacco residue stays in the air and on soft furniture for hours. Smoking can also:

  • be bad for the health of your family
  • affect the health of other people around you
  • damage the health of your unborn baby

Top tips to stop smoking

When you start to give up cigarettes, it is important to develop good habits, such as:

  • remembering there is never just 1 cigarette
  • keeping busy
  • changing your routine
  • avoiding people and situations you associate with smoking
  • saving the money you would have spent on cigarettes and using it to treat yourself
  • reminding yourself of all the things you have to gain from quitting smoking

5 top tips from NHS Smokefree

So, set a quit date and tell your family , friends and carers that you are a non smoker.

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